Police report decrease in tickets issued at Unofficial St. Patrick's Day
CHAMPAIGN — After spending five days looking at reports, police have determined that 210 tickets were issued during last Friday’s Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day, a decrease from 310 tickets issued a year ago.
Champaign police released the statistics late Wednesday afternoon for the March 1 Unofficial event.
Nearly half of the tickets, 104, were issued for minors in possession, a decrease from 177 a year ago.
Another 65 tickets were issued for public possession, down from 87 a year ago.
In addition to the tickets, police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said, 33 people were arrested, 31 of whom were taken to the county jail. The other two were given notices to appear.
Dunn said that 21 of those arrested were for violating the social host laws for allowing their residences to be used for underage drinking.
Champaign police listed 96 of those ticketed or arrested as affiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dunn credited the Champaign Community Coalition’s “Walk as One” event’s distribution of safety information, the UI’s educational awareness campaign, the distribution of safety information to tenants, the use of social media by local police departments and inclement weather for the decrease in the number of tickets issued this year.
Champaign police said there was an increase in medical calls this year. Ambulances were called 26 times, compared with 22 times in 2012, and 16 people were transported to the hospital, compared with 14 taken to the hospital a year ago.
Carle Foundation Hospital reported 15 walk-ins this year, compared with one in 2012.
In addition, the Champaign and Urbana police departments checked liquor licensees for underage compliance with the Illinois Liquor Control Commission and state police on Thursday and with the Illinois Department of Revenue’s Criminal Investigation Unit on Friday.
Of 81 licensees checked on Thursday, six sold alcohol to underage participants.
Of 58 licensees checked on Friday, two sold alcohol to underage participants.
Champaign police reported that eight local businesses were also cited during Unofficial, including:
— Kam’s, 618 E. Daniel St., for illegally transferring 19 cases of liquor and violating “happy hour” laws.
— Joe’s Brewery, 706 S. 5th St., for selling pre-mix liquor without proper labeling and for failing to destroy pre-mix liquor weekly.
— White Horse Inn, 510 E. John St., for advertising “happy hour” law violations, for selling alcohol to another retailer and for violating the mayor’s emergency orders by selling glass bottled beer.
— Red Lion, 211 E. Green St., for violating the “happy hour” law by selling multiple drinks to individuals.
— Radio Maria, 119 N. Walnut St., for selling pre-mix liquor without proper labeling and for failing to destroy pre-mix liquor weekly.
— Esquire Lounge, 106 N. Walnut St., for offering unlabeled liquor and pre-mix without proper labeling.
— Emerald City Lounge, 118 N. First St., for offering unlabeled liquor and pre-mix without proper labeling.
— The Clybourne, 706 S. Sixth St., for violating the mayor’s emergency orders by selling glass-bottled beer.